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reading desk


  1. a desk for use in reading, especially by a person standing.
  2. a lectern in a church.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of reading desk1

First recorded in 1695–1705

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Example Sentences

In 1848 a new chancel was built; and afterwards a dash of Christian patriotism resulted in a new pulpit and reading desk.

In the reading desk Mr Wood gets through his work quickly and with a good voice.

At one side of the chancel arch there is a reading desk, which looks piously at a pulpit, made just like it, on the opposite side.

The reading-desk and the pulpit are placed opposite each other, and at the sides of the chancel.

Until recently there were two wooden gas stands at the sides of the reading desk.


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